6.25.2015

By Land, By Sea













Happy Thursday, my dears! 
How is it summer already? WHEN DID THAT EVEN HAPPEN?!?!? I'm sitting here thinking, "damn I should probably dig out the Spring gear" and HAZZAMMM Summer comes up like a bat out of hell in the form of 3 straight weeks of solid sunshine in the notorious dreary land of Seattle. So, me and my wonderful friend Adrianna went out and scared some locals for a beach vampire shoot. This was one of those "hey what are you doing, ummm nothing...uhh let's shoot something epic" kind of things...where everything came together in a happy accident and turned out magical :) Since I live dangerously close to the water, and happen to run along the crashing waves almost daily..I couldn't let the scenery not be used for cool shit. We spent a few hours jumping on rocks and driftwood, and trekking through the shallow waters to get the final bunch you see above:)

I'm knee deep in the treacherous waters of juggling a few intense client jobs right now, so hold tight for awesome things in the near future! Also setting up a print shop, and at the beginning stages of a book...you know...the usual ;)
All for now! 
xx
AJ

6.16.2015

Through the Woods





A few photos from an upcoming series. I feel bad for only posting things in small previews lately, but after going through the last 3 months of folders on my desktop, I realized I've shot around 20 editorials for clients since April...and getting it all up not only for them, but on my social media...blog..website...all those thingies..it's quite tough! I'd like to hire a smurf to live in my purse and assist me on such things...but alas..that has yet to be a tangible reality :)
I shot these in a forest that was for the most part, ridden with pollen and pine sap, but I made it work :) More coming soon !

6.02.2015

Paint it Black



Happy Tuesday, my dears! I trekked all the way East and back again for a quick trip this past weekend, and managed to squeeze in some of the shoots that I've been planning for months, but hadn't located the right scenery for. Luckily, my old stomping grounds were quite perfect. These are a few teaser shots until I can get the final set complete...which happen to be a play off of the icon "American Gothic" painting by Grant Wood. Growing up in such a farm oriented town, and being stuck labeled a brooding goth for having a minimalist approach to color...I thought it was ironic :) The color black always gets that bad rep of symbolizing depression or satan or punk rock kids with chains hanging off of their pants..and all of that crap. I take it as the most beautiful tone to grace our planet. The absence of color is what inspires me most. The world is a terrain coated in vibrancy, both natural and man-made. I've looked up to artists who can define beauty through shape and line and form, not so much a rainbow. Black to me is comfort, it's tranquility, it's possibility. I wrap myself in it's warm embrace and through the deep abyss of darkness I pull my greatest ideas. You call it "goth", I call it "minimalist with the lights turned off." :) 
For this shoot, I managed to find the most breathtaking vintage velvet dress at a boutique on Capitol Hill. It smelled like old people but the minute I locked eyes on the layers of lush fabric, I fell in love. Most of it was shot in my old neighborhood, which is surrounded by apple orchards and barns sporadically plopped on sparse grassy fields. Quite the opposite of where I reside now, but always good to get a change of habitat, even if for a mere weekend. The rest will be uploaded by the end of the week! I pinky promise!

until then...we jam to the classic of all classics...


5.25.2015

Rooftop Assassin









Last week I went rooftop hopping with my lovely friend Ted, who happens to work at my favorite coffee spot in Seattle, and is just a fantastic person all around :) I almost never get to shoot dudes, so of course I'm going to run around town with capes and hats in tow, to get a rad menswear editorial crackin'. In the end, it was a downtown Zorro meets androgynous street wear vibe...and despite the heat and quick changes, had a blast. I'm trying so hard to be behind the lens lately, which is where I'm most comfortable...really directing people and creating the vision for a shoot. My modeling has always come by accident as a result of my photography, but eventually....hopefully...one day..I can retire my face :) In reality, I built half of my photography clientele off of self portraits, but it does take a tole on your mental state spending years staring at yourself a lot in photoshop. Makes for funny little bloodshot eyeballs too ;) So here's Ted, to take some of the stress of pulling a Tyra Banks away from me for the day!

5.24.2015

Thelema






If Gandalf and Snoop Dog had a love child, I could only guess that they would feel right at home in this hooded poncho of doom. In all honesty, this piece has been crucial to my long walks to the creepy post office in downtown Seattle. It screams, " cat-call me and I'll cast a fucking spell on yo sorry ass" ...so I like to bring it out when needed :)
I'll be heading off to the east coast towards the end of the week, with witch dresses and wigs in tow...because that's the only way I know how to travel lately. It's been such a long time since I've gone back to where I grew up, but I'm excited to be reunited with the forests and landscapes of New England:)
Happy Sunday Y'all! Until we meet again...


Thelema ritual hoodie - Killstar

Rain boots - YRU

5.22.2015

Siege





Be still my heart, for I have come across the coolest shit in existence. In the midst of a mindless internet search for summer clothes, I came across this glorious metal plated harness contraption, and all thoughts of sundresses were virtually chucked out of my 5 story window. What's even cooler is that this is the only one in existence :) Even when I buy from stores, I always try to customize garments to have a more unique feel, so this already possessed a very special quality. Special enough for a trip to the grocery store? FUCK YEAH, DUH. Special for all occasions..for all street battles, bloody duels in the midst of Seattle brunching and croissant eating..yeah..the thug life rains supreme in this area. I really wanted to photograph it at least once, so tah dah! Feast the eyes!
In other news, bless the holiday gawds, for gifting me with a Monday off...which in my world means work, but on my own cool shit. Therefor, expect epic things to be manifesting over my long weekend :) Adios, until another day!

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Home:)
Home is where I can run around like Morticia on the out skirting rocks of the Puget Sound and not be questioned. What more could I want?
While I distract you with bayside images, be on the lookout for like 5 million editorials going live in the next few days.
xoxo
AJ

5.09.2015

Still











Hey Hey!
This is part 1 of a 5 set editorial lookbook shoot, which will be trickled onto the blog in the next few weeks. The lace up tunic top is a new piece from Killstar's latest collection...which happened to match the medieval gauntlets of doom I bought from comiccon perfectly...ahhh fate...you coincide with my impulse buys like it was meant to be :) Summer weather crept up on Seattle faster than you can say espresso to-go..meaning the lighting is divine. Also meaning it's quite the trip prancing around in 80 degree direct sunlight in head-to-toe black...but hey, thug life...or vampire life...one of the two. Speaking of thugs and vampires, which we speak of casually together all the time, one of the garments being shot tomorrow is something reminiscent of both...if thugs and vampires and wizards had babies...with good taste in outerwear. 
Anyways, I leave you with part one, and the link to the top 
Happy Saturday!